China resumes group tours to 20 countries

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(VOVWORLD) - China on Monday resumed overseas group tours organized by travel agencies for Chinese citizens after a 3-year COVID-19 hiatus.

China resumes group tours to 20 countries - ảnh 1Passengers queue up for security check at the international airport in Haikou, Hainan province, China. (Photo: Xinhua/VNA)

According to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, China will allow group tours and "flight + hotel" services to 20 countries including Thailand, Russia, the United Arab Emirates, South Africa, and Cuba.

Since the beginning of the year, the Chinese government has loosened travel restrictions and cautiously re-opened the country.

Economists say that while international tourism may not immediately return to pre-pandemic level, the industry and countries dependent on Chinese tourists will see certain growth this year.

Prior to the coronavirus outbreak, China was the world's biggest provider of international tourists.